Friday, November 28, 2008

The Last Of The "iPhone Killers"

Needless to say, all the recent touchscreen mobile phones that have been dubbed as possible "iPhone killers" have not lived up to their moniker. And after reading a review of the Nokia 5800 XPressMusic by, it appears it will stay that way for a while.

But, that doesn't mean that this latest phone isn't good. Just looking at the specs on paper, it seems quite solid.
Music is its focus and Nokia spared no expense:

  • 8-band graphic equalizer
  • Dedicated music keys in the headset control unit
  • Stereo FM radio (with wired headset)
  • Standard 3.5" headphone jack
  • Integrated stereo speakers with surround sound (I have no idea how they're going to pull this one off)
  • 3D stereo ringtones

The rest of the multimedia features easily defeats the iPhone:

  • 3.2 megapixel camera (2048 x 1536 pixels)
  • Carl Zeiss optics
  • 3x digital zoom for camera/4x digital zoom for video recorder
  • Autofocus
  • Dual LED flash
  • Flash modes: On, off, automatic, red-eye reduction
  • Photo editor on device
  • Video recording at up to 640 x 480 pixels and up to 30 fps

Other features the stock iPhone doesn't have:

  • MMS
  • 640 x 360 pixels (verus iPhone's 480 x 320 pixels)
  • Expandable memory slot
  • Bluetooth A2DP
  • Voice Dialing
So, why is THIS not an iPhone killer? I think it's because of the overall operating system experience. The iPhone is EASY to learn and adapt to. Check out the menu in the picture. It looks like your old dumbphone.

I will certainly check out the Nokia 5800 when it is released.

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